The Human Rights Campaign has issued a nationwide report on how well cities do in protecting the rights of LGBT citizens.
The trend is upward, if there’s still a long way to go.
Here’s a link to the general release.
This link takes you to page with rankings of all cities included, with the detailed breakdown on all the questions that contributed to the numerical rating. Fayetteville led the way, by far, with a 73 on a 100-point scale and not only because it was a city civil rights ordinance. Then came Little Rock with a woeful 37 (some 32 million people live in cities with scoces of 100, including some in states with anti-gay state laws such as those adopted in Arkansas.)
Fort Smith, Jonesboro, North Little Rock and Springdale all had 18 scores.
Why so low?
Take Little Rock. It gets a zero for non-discrimination laws: There are none at the city, county or state level to guard against discrimination in employment, housing or public accommodation.
Little Rock scores 18 of 24 as an employer for a non-discrimination employment policy and for city contractors. It gets 6 of 16 in services for having enumerated anti-bullying policies in schools. In policing, it scores 5 of 22 for having a liaison on the issues, but is marked down for not reporting hate crimes. City leadership, somewhat inexplicably, scores 8 of 8 points for good attitudes towards LGBT equality.
To which I say, yes, but words are cheap. Actions are more meaningful.